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Celeb Spotting

Possibly the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan’s 29,000-square-foot estate near Chicago features a basketball court (of course) as well as a tennis court and putting green. Loads more info and pictures here. Bill Gates’ 40,000-square-foot mansion in…

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Saturday, 24th December 2005

Sea Lions, San Francisco

This is San Francisco’s popular tourist spot, Pier 39, and covering nearly every square inch of those floating docks in the harbour are hundreds upon hundreds of sea lions. The light coloured patch in the middle-left is the only bit…

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Wednesday, 14th December 2005

Marin Civic Center

This is the utterly bizarre-looking Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, Califoria. Designed by America’s most famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright (although it wasn’t completed until after his death in 1959), the building featured in George Lucas’ other movie, THX-1138,…

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Friday, 9th December 2005

Watts Towers

You can see the Watts Towers in the centre of our thumbnail with shadows extending to the north. Compared to some of the towers we’ve previously featured, they look a bit, well, crap. However, those other towers are all constructed…

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Thursday, 8th December 2005

Salvation Mountain & Slab City

Salvation Mountain is an ongoing project of Leonard Knight, who has built and hand decorated the 3-storey “mountain” (I think it’s really just a hill) for nearly two decades. The hill is created out of adobe, straw and many gallons…

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Wednesday, 30th November 2005

Iowa Class Battleships

The last battleships ever built by the United States are known as “Iowa class” and were named after the states of Missouri, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Iowa. The four ships were built in the 1940s and between them have served…

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Friday, 25th November 2005

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: Blondin Crossed Niagara Gorge on a Tightrope

On June 30, 1859, The Great Charles Blondin became the first person to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.…

On this day: The Battle of Berne

On June 27, 1954, a World Cup Quarter Final game between Hungary and Brazil turned ugly with increasingly aggressive play…

The World’s Longest Bridge

While we have looked at a number of very long bridges here on Google Sightseeing in the past1 generally they…

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